Books!

Today’s news reports that sales of ebooks dropped by 17% last year. Not a major shock to me!

Books have been a passion of mine from a very young age and I can devour a novel in a matter of a day or two.

I love the feel, the smell and the calmness brought by a wedge of creamy pages, smattered with black ink. Books take you into your own world and there’s something special about focusing only on the words on the page in front of you – especially in a time when we’re constantly distracted by flashing screens and juggling tens of tasks at once.

Although I have a kindle (and love it – much to my own surprise!) of late I’ve picked up a few more ‘proper’ books and have loved dipping in and out of them.

My little boy is currently a big book fan and I will do all I can to channel his love of books as he grows. Books have so much to give, it’s not just about reading the words but about creating your own fantasy world through the pictures and colours on the page.

So today’s stats of digital book sales falling really don’t surprise me. I can totally relate to how people are taking time away from the screen and picking up a paperback. Reading can transport you to a world where things seem just that bit simpler and I think reading is  the ultimate de-stresser.

Technology is undeniably the future but it feels good to get back to basics every now and then…

My top five recent reads:

The Last Letter From Your Lover – JoJo Moyes – A wonderful novel with beautiful descriptions of 1960s South of France, very memorable

How to Grow a Baby and Push It Out – Clemmie Hooper – Birth stories, say no more

Happy – Fearne Cotton – Great to dip in and out of

Summer With My Sister – Lucy Diamond – Fab quick holiday read

The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k – Sarah Knight – Hilarious and life affirming

Not to mention Peace at Last and Dear Zoo!

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